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Handwriting automaticity: the search for performance thresholds

Medwell, Jane; Wray, David

Authors

Jane Medwell

David Wray



Abstract

Although handwriting has a fairly low status in literacy education, evidence is accumulating that it has an important role in written composition. In particular, handwriting automaticity appears to relate to success in composition. This relationship has been little explored in British contexts and we currently have little idea of what threshold performance levels might be. In this paper we report on two linked studies which attempted to identify performance levels in handwriting automaticity for children at two ages, below which their success in writing composition might be considered to be at risk. We conclude by suggesting interpolated levels for children at different ages, although we recognise the tentative nature of these suggestions.

Journal Article Type Article
Journal Language and Education
Print ISSN 0950-0782
Electronic ISSN 1747-7581
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 28
Issue 1
Institution Citation Medwell, J., & Wray, D. (in press). Handwriting automaticity: the search for performance thresholds. Language and Education, 28(1), doi:10.1080/09500782.2013.763819
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/09500782.2013.763819
Keywords handwriting, composition, writing, performance, thresholds
Publisher URL http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09500782.2013.763819
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf
Additional Information This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Language and Education on 14/03/2013, available online: http://www.tandfonline....0/09500782.2013.763819.

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